Monday, 6 August 2012

'73 610 Wagon

You see a lot of modified classic estate cars these days, don't you? There are two principle reasons for this; in terms of cars like the mkI & mkII Ford Escort it's the two-door saloons that are most desirable, so the four-door, estate and van derivations are naturally cheaper, and demand rises to counteract the opposing purist demand that sees prices of that which is conventionally desirable skyrocketing.
The other reason is that the cult of the performance estate is a relatively modern thing - the likes of the Volvo 850 T5, Nissan Stagea, Mitsubishi Legnum and, of course, all of those RS Audis represent a niche that didn't exist in the 1970s - a desirable estate just wasn't ever considered as a marketable thing. So nowadays people like to build their own, as much for the element of surprise as anything else.
This 1973 Datsun 610 takes its styling cues from an aesthetic you'll have spotted on countless Japanese saloons - super-low ride-height, SSR Longchamp wheels with saucy camber angles, and a lot of shiny chrome on those standard lines. Works very well, doesn't it?
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